Murder of a Bookstore Babe (Scumble River Series #13)

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When school psychologist Skye Denison discovers a body crushed by a toppled bookcase in Scumble River's new bookstore, she has to read the clues before she becomes the killer's next work-in-progress...

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Overview

When school psychologist Skye Denison discovers a body crushed by a toppled bookcase in Scumble River's new bookstore, she has to read the clues before she becomes the killer's next work-in-progress...

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Tales and Treats, a new independent bookstore in the small town of Scumble River, Ill., arouses passions even before it opens in Swanson's lackluster 13th mystery featuring school psychologist Skye Denison (after 2010's Murder of a Wedding Belle). Conservative protesters as well as local business owners like Skye's used-car dealer cousin, Hugo Leofanti, view Tales and Treats as a threat. Soon after the bookstore's controversial opening, Skye discovers a woman crushed under a bookcase of rare books. Improbably even for a cozy, Skye's fiancé, police chief Wally Boyd, allows her to take the lead in interviewing suspects, many of whom are related to her. The efforts of Skye's former boyfriend, Simon Reid, to win her back add some romantic tension, but weak humor and plotting make this a forgettable entry in the series. (Mar.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780451232809
  • Publisher: Signet
  • Publication date: 3/1/2011
  • Series: Scumble River Series , #13
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 246,059
  • Product dimensions: 4.20 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Denise Swanson

Denise Swanson has worked as a school psychologist for 17 years. This is her second novel featuring Skye Denison and Scumble River. Her first book, Murder of a Small-Town Honey, debuted to advance praise from the Charlotte Austin Review, Meritorious Mysteries, and BookBrowser. She is currently working on the next Scumble River mystery, Murder of a Sleeping Beauty. Denise lives in Illinois with her husband, Dave, and their cool black cat, Boomerang. For more information, visit her website: www.deniseswanson.com

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  • Posted January 3, 2011

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    wonderful Scumble River mystery

    In Scumble River, Illinois school psychologist Skye Denison also serves as a consultant to the local police; whose chief is her fiancé Wally Boyd. He is grateful to her for her expert assistance on homicides cases (see Murder of a Wedding Belle) as her job and the fact she is related to most of the townsfolk have proven extremely helpful.

    Tales and Treats bookstore opens up to the dismay of many locals. The proprietor Rise Vaughn has a dispute with Better Than New Autos owner Hugo Leofanti who illegally parks his merchandise in front of her store. The librarian fears people will go to the bookstore making the library obsolete. The insurance agent bills the new storeowner for a much higher premium than originally quoted. A teacher and her friends picket the store because Tales and Treats sell romances and YA fantasy and sci-fi. Skye enters the store one nigh and finds a woman lying face down on the floor with a bookcase on top of her. She is positive the victim is Rise. When she learns the deceased is popular employee Kayla Hines, Skye is shocked. Wally and Skye hypothesize that the intended victim was supposed to be Rise as anyone looking at the pair from behind could lethally err. However with so many angry at Rise, who murdered Kayla remains unknown.

    The latest Scumble River mystery is a great puzzler as so many are irate with Rise but that same angry mob genuinely likes Kayla; thus the postulation that the wrong person was killed but there is no evidence to eliminate anyone in the crowd. Though Skye is a corpse magnet (see Murder of a Small-Town Honey), readers will admire her determination to find evidence to eliminate the suspect as she shares blood with many of the Fighting Illini suspects. Filled with humorous Prairie State eccentricity which include the heroine's mom, May the dispatcher and her brother Vince the nag, fans will enjoy Skye's latest case.

    Harriet Klausner

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 24, 2011

    Fabulous!

    I saw this book on the website and ordered it. Loved it from the first page. I have just ordered the rest of the books in the series. As an educator myself, I can relate to the teachers and principal with whom Skye works. My only negative is why do most of the books nowadays have to have the lead character spending nights with their signficant other without the benefits of marriage. But that is only a minor negative that I can live with. To all of you cozy mystery lovers out there - You won't want to miss this series!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 22, 2011

    Great Book

    As with all the books in this series I loved it. I only have one complaint, I am so sick of Simon. He is a whiny pain in the butt. He had his chance and blew it, so get on with your life already. His little plots to get Skye back are very irratating, the best thing that happened to her was when she got rid of his boring self. Can't wait for the next book in this series.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 30, 2014

    Yeay

    Yum

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 7, 2013

    Simon Reid is Getting Annoying

    If you've read these books in order (which I recommend) you've enjoyed the small-town mid-west flavor and great memories of old fashioned values which are sorely lacking in today's modern world. Families that will drive you nuts but love the great family traditions of Sunday after-church dinners. That is probably the reason I keep buying each book as it appears even though at times Skye annoys the heck out of me with her wimpy nature. She is a school psychologist responsible for the sound mental well-being of others children but has no ability whatsoever at having sound mental well-being for herself. She is totally unable to stand up to her mother, the school principal, or her ex-boyfriend, Simon Reid, who is not only harassing her but borderline stalking her. She is incapable of setting boundaries and maintaining them. In one breath she says "Simon I told you not to do this" and then sits down and has lunch with him which sends him mixed signals. She never tells him no and means it or stands her ground. She allows herself to be completely manipulated by him because "he has that puppy dog look" and she falls for it every time even though she's engaged to another man. Skye's integrity is sadly lacking. No wonder Simon still pursues her; she allows it and even encourages it. She justifies her behavior that she doesn't want to hurt Simon's feelings, or that its information she needs to hear as part of her job as police consultant. PLUS she keeps most of these stalking/harassment episodes a secret from her fiancee, Wally, who is adamant about trustworthiness. Skye always finds an excuse that her motive is more important than Wally's need to have a trustworthy mate after his first wife completely destroyed his faith and trust.
    Other than Simon being totally obnoxious in this book and Skye being her usual wimpy self the plot is really good and you don't figure out who the killer is until the very end.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 8, 2012

    Iris

    I thought this was a fun book, as are all of the Scumble River series. I do, however, find the sugar between Wally and Skye just a little to sweet. Then again there's good old Simon....well, give me Wally any old time! :-)

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  • Posted August 24, 2011

    Why isn't it on NOOK?

    I haven't read this yet and it's frustrating because #12 and #14 are both available for NOOK, but this one rather randomly isn't available for ebook. I don't know if this is a B&N issue or a publisher issue but it's a huge annoyance.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 23, 2011

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    Fun Read

    This was the first book I read in the Scumble River Series. From the book title chapter headings to the engaging characters, especially Skye; this is a book series I will definitely read more of.

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  • Posted April 7, 2011

    Bookstore Babe

    Ms. Swanson did it again! The latest in her Scumble River series kept me guessing the entire way through. Love every page and I can't wait for #14!

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  • Posted April 4, 2011

    I Love Scumble River!!

    Murder of a Bookstore Babe is the 13th in the Scumble River series by Denise Swanson. LOVED IT!! Skye Dennison and the Scumble Riverites are honest and fun characters and the books are a must read!!

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